Pondering for Sunday, April 26, 2020

Eucharistic Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter: Year A

Acts 2:14a,36-41  Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17    1 Peter 1:17-23  Luke 24:13-35

“They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”

Back in my Marine Corps days and on one of my deployments to Italy, I had an Aircraft Maintenance Officer would often come by and say, “Top” (That was what I was called) “Walk with me, talk with me.”  This was his way of having time to share each other’s thoughts about how maintenance things were going in our aircraft squadron. I remember these occasions as “catch up” times.

In more recent years and as a priest, I once had a young woman who asked if she could do spiritual guidance with me, and if so, could we walk around outside as we did it. I agreed but first wanted to have the traditional office conference and then try the walk with me talk with me session.  As it turned out she moved away and we never got to do the walk with me talk with me, This was my loss.

In our Lord Jesus’ walk in this story to Emmaus, Cleopas and his companion couldn’t seem to recognize Jesus until he served them dinner, later at their home. There, after Jesus had left, they confided between themselves that the opening of the Scriptures caused a burning in their hearts. It truly was an Ah, ha moment for them. Our Lord Jesus took both the Scriptures and the Bread and blessed them, and opened them and gave them.  Are you having a moment?

You and I are Monday morning quarterbacks here given that we know the story well. But too many of us still don’t get it. Jesus’ story didn’t just begin with his birth.  It began long ago in the mighty acts of God in human history. We human beings are beings of our stories. We need to tell them, and we need to listen to the stories of others. Walking guidance may very well be the best spiritual guidance there is. Walking is just an example of doing something that eases the smooth transition of conversation.  We could just as easily converse as we did food preparation, yard work or a board game. Walking is a good example because it is casual and allows for deep attention to be given to content.  Who knows, maybe one day I will have a chance to do some walking spiritual guidance with the young lady who moved away or even someone else.  I would like to try it in a spiritual context.  It worked well in Navel Aviation with me and my boss.

Walk with me, talk with me.  The link below will get you to my homily on this Gospel reading.

Homily for April 26, 2020

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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